Tuesday, September 17, 2013

heavenly bodies


This weekend my awesome cousins came for a visit (four days of madcap touristing!) and one was sporting a new tattoo.  She now has 8 celestial bodies on their criss-crossing orbits (and a little beauty mark of her own that serves as a moon) making a beautiful cuff on her arm.  I love how it manages to boldly take up so much real estate but still be so delicate and airy at the same time.  She's a big astronomy buff as well so it's just the perfect thing for her.

I don't have any tattoos, the closest I get are the temporary kind.  But I do admire them from afar and even have a pinterest board dedicated to beautiful ink.  I've always thought that I would happily get one, if only I could come up with something I wouldn't mind having forever.  But it would have to be something that's a perfect fit like this one is for my cousin.

Would you get a tattoo?  Do you already have any ink?  Did you give it a lot of thought or was it more impulsive?

15 comments:

  1. Same here, I don't have any tattoos myself but I do admire them on others. I have no clue what I would get if I were to get one though.

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    1. Isn't that always the dilemma? Sometimes I like to imagine it's because I'm thoughtful and careful, but sometimes I just think I'm chicken ;)

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  2. I'm in the same boat - love tattoos, love them on other people, but I can't decide the "what" and "where" for myself. The thing is, I seem to have the cheesiest taste in ink! Whenever I think I have thought of something perfect it turns out to be gigantic trend/cliché a year later.

    I watched the first few seasons of L.A ink and couldn't get enough of the beautiful tattoos. I'm not badass enough to sport something big and colorful like that for myself, though ;)

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    1. I totally admire women who go all out like that. I could never do it on myself, but it's just so damn cool and in your face. Do you watch Project Runway at all? I can't keep my eyes off Helen's tattoos this season. For myself I'd love to get a little something, somewhere, but... what? What am I willing to commit to forever? What really represents me? I think I may be thinking too much...

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    2. Guuurl, we are glued to Project Runway every Saturday morning while we eat our breakfast. I love Helen AND her tattoos!

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    3. Yes!! She is so damn cool, isn't she?

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  3. Tattoo is always a difficult decision to make as it is so permanent, so there is the fear to change your mind in time or something. I really love the elegance of a simple tatto, and how each person decided to ink them, this is the epitome of a personal detail to me.

    I have one myself, a Phoenix on the top of my back that I made for my 20th birthday after 4 years of thinking, searching and double checking my resolve. I have another one planned on my forearm for my 30th birthday, I was thinking of a simple moon crescent surrounded by a constellation of my choosing, still got 3 years to think it over...

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    1. So glad someone who actually has some ink chimed in! Your tattoo sounds really well thought out and beautiful (show us!). But even so, do you ever regret it? I think that's what those of us who are un-inked fear, the 'doh!' forhead slapping moment when you wonder why you thought that would be good forever.

      I do love the idea of a constellation, it's one of the ideas I've been toying with myself. I think there's an abstractness of image there that I'm attracted to, it'd be graphic without being literal.

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    2. No, I actually never regretted it so far. Maybe because I had thought in advance about possible problems, like picking a spot easy to hide for work, and taking the time to make sure I liked the idea. Of course, if I was to make it now, I don't know if I would choose the same pattern at the same position, but it also serves as a reminder of a period of my life, brings back memories and embodies my late teens. That's why I have chosen my 30th birthday for my next one, to remind me of another period of my life...

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    3. I've been contemplating a crescent moon as well!

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    4. Kali, you are a seriously wise woman. I love the idea that tattoos don't have to be symbolic of ourselves over the whole span of one's life, but rather can be tied to a certain place, time, and era of one's life. If you embrace that rather than try and outwit that inevitability, it's true that a tattoo can be a wonderful reminder of who you have been and what you've been through, regardless of how you've evolved over the years. My brain just expanded a little bit. Thank you.

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  4. Wowwww I love her tattoo. So delicate and powerful.
    I do have tattoos and am craving more!

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    1. Yes, I think that's exactly it, it manages to be delicate and powerful at the same time! What sorts of tattoos do you have? Did you agonize over the decision or was it more of a whim?

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